2024 marks 25 years of community giving through our Foundation. The journey of our growth speaks to the connections and impacts envisioned by our founders.
- From our beginnings as a $25 million health conversion in 1999,
- to the thoughtful decision by our visionary founders to expand our mission as a regional community foundation in 2003,
- to partnerships with five local affiliate foundations in the Central Susquehanna region,
- to over 350 unique and personalized funds that have distributed over $50 million back into our community for lasting impact.
Through 25 years of evolution and growth, we have seen one constant—you. Our work is only possible in a community where philanthropy is part of our culture. We are excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary with the community this year!
25 Stories for 25 Years
In celebration of our silver jubilee, we are sharing one story to mark each year of the Foundation's existence in the Central Susquehanna region. These stories will be shared throughout the year as we reflect on the strong partnerships we have developed with our donors, nonprofit partners, community leaders, and board members. A sampling of stories is below. Click here to access all of our anniversary stories.
For 20 years, the Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy program has been encouraging high school students to become community philanthropists. Starting with just one school district, the program now hosts 15 schools and over 200 students. Former students Damien Scoblink and Emerson Noss reflect on their time in the program and how it planted the seed for their current nonprofit work and community leadership. Read the full story.
Kiera graduated from Danville High School in June 2021, and is a third-year music education major. As a multi-year recipient of the Rechsteiner Family Scholarship, Kiera has had the unique opportunity to step outside the classroom to teach music through immersion in new cultural settings. Read the full story.
Well known and respected, Bob Mertz had a heart for the people who called Sunbury home. Through his involvement on the Foundation's Sunbury Board, Bob realized the major impact the Foundation was facilitating in his community. through his company's success, Bob created a charitable fund to support local organizations. After his passing, a second fund was established in the Mertz Family name thanks to Bob's thoughtful planned estate gift. Read the full story.
25th Anniversary Giving Campaign
Your gift to the Fund for the Community Giving Foundation will will work together with others to create permanent and visible community impact as we continue to meet needs in our region. This legacy of giving stays local, directly supporting organizations that live and work right here in our communities.
To encourage a movement of collective giving during our 25th anniversary, we've set an important goal of securing 2,500 partners during our anniversary year. When we all come together, we can achieve bigger and better things—giving more to organizations that are doing important work to help our communities thrive. Join us! You can make an online donation to support our work through the Fund for the Community Giving Foundation, or send checks payable to the Community Giving Foundation, Attn: Anniversary Campaign, to 725 West Front Street, Berwick PA 18603.